Do you suffer from persistent pain, joint aches, and/or have you been diagnosed with degenerative arthritis? Or do you require repeated treatments to align your spine because the adjustments just don’t hold? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for prolotherapy.
Prolotherapy is a medical procedure that strengthens the supportive structures around areas of joint discomfort and instability. By strengthening these areas, degenerative processes can be slowed and alignment is often maintained without repeated spinal adjustments. Pain often diminishes or subsides entirely.
Anyone suffering from joint pain — whether the pain is due to injury, nutritional insufficiency, metabolic disorders, or arthritis — may be a candidate. Loose ligaments and tendons result in hypermobile joints which may lead to pain and stiffness.
Nearly any joint can be treated with prolotherapy. Common injuries that lead to chronic pain include whiplash, ankle sprains, overuse and sports related injuries, and automobile accidents. Prolotherapy has the potential to prevent surgeries on many painful joints, especially the back, knees, hips and shoulders.
Each treatment takes only a few minutes to administer. It typically takes 3-6 treatments at 2-4 week intervals to achieve full benefit from the therapy.
Pain associated with the injections will vary from individual to individual,and providers use care to minimize pain. Many patients find that their pain symptoms improve quite quickly; however, some may have persistent or even worsened pain temporarily as the body is healing and strengthening the tissues. In such cases, your physician may suggest using ice or Tylenol.
According to an article published in the Journal of Advancement in Medicine, a number of variables may affect the success rate of the treatment, but in general, 80-95 percent of patients treated with prolotherapy experience remission. Improvements were maintained and no patient required any subsequent surgical procedure on the affected part during the duration of the study.
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